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VNRC Seeking Nominations for Arthur Gibb Award

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is accepting nominations for the 2015 Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership. “Every year, VNRC honors the legacy of Art Gibb – his commitment to safeguarding Vermont’s values and unique landscape, along with his leadership, vision and dedication to building consensus,” said Kate McCarthy, VNRC’s Sustainable Communities Program Director. She said this year VNRC seeks to honor an individual whose leadership at the state level has brought about positive and lasting change in the way communities across Vermont integrate growth and conservation. Individuals who have demonstrated similar leadership at the local level will be honored in alternating years, she said. Previous recipients of the award (starting with the most recent) include Andrea Morgante, the owner of a landscaping businesses and accomplished community conservationist in Hinesburg; Bob Klein, long-time director of the Vermont chapter of the Nature Conservancy; John Ewing, long-time smart growth advocate and co-founder of the Vermont Forum on Sprawl (later known as Smart Growth Vermont); Gus Seelig, executive director of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; Rob Woolmington, attorney, Witten, Woolmington & Campbell; Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont; Robert Lloyd, Tinmouth, retired; Connie Snow, executive director of the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust. The award has been given out since 2006. People from around Vermont nominate candidates and a committee made of up Art Gibb’s colleagues, friends and family review the applications. The 2015 award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Vermont Natural Resources Council in September. Arthur Gibb, a legend in Vermont conservation history, dedicated much of his life to ensuring the state was a better place for future generations. Beginning his public service as a “fence viewer” in the town of Weybridge, Arthur went on to serve his community and state in countless ways until his death in 2005 at the age of 97. Arthur was first elected to the Vermont Legislature in 1962. He was deeply involved in passing legislation to ban billboards, enact the state’s bottle deposit law, regulate junkyards and modernize statutes governing local and regional planning. In 1969, Governor Deane Davis appointed Arthur to chair the Governor’s Commission on Environmental Control, commonly referred to as the “Gibb Commission.” The commission held many public hearings over the summer of 1969. The result of its work was Act 250, Vermont’s pioneering land use law. Smart Growth Vermont founded the Art Gibb Award in 2006. Smart Growth Vermont and merged with VNRC in July of 2011, and since then VNRC has continued celebrating Art Gibb’s work with this award.. To nominate someone or learn more, please visit http://vnrc.org/programs/sustainable-communities/art-gibb-award-2/ or email Kate McCarthy at kmccarthy@vnrc.org. Applications are due on May 1, 2015.

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